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"You look like a bass player"

Discussion in 'Bass Humor & Gig Stories [BG]' started by Twocan, May 23, 2013.

  1. Twocan

    Twocan Supporting Member

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    I've been primarily a bassist since I was 15, but did a solo acoustic thing for a while when I was in college to pay the bills. I remember speaking with a group of people during a break when a girl (a few in the bag) muttered "something's wrong - you look like a bass player. You should be playing bass."

    I've often wondered just what exactly that meant. No, I did not have my acoustic slung below my knees nor did I stand in the back corner of the stage in the shadows, avoiding eye contact.

    So my question is, what does a bass player look like? Do you fit the bill?
  2. maxgrant

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    The wimmins who know the secret, don't tell it. But it's in the hands, guys. They know what's up with the hands.
  3. dalkowski

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    The lass may have been well in her cups, but she knew a gentleman of distinction when she saw one.
  4. HolmeBass

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    Yes, I do. Bald with goatee and a gut. Too many of us look this way. At least I'm not shaving my head.
  5. paparoof

    paparoof Supporting Member

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    Disclosures:
    I drank the fEARful koolaid and I'm damn glad I did.
    I've always thought "big people" should play bigger instruments and vice versa.

    I'm 6' 3" and not far from 300 pounds. I look pretty silly holding a little tiny guitar, but a bass looks appropriately sized.

    So... are you a big fella?
  6. JimiLL

    JimiLL Supporting Member

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    Im 6 foot, 225lb. Buzzed head. People tell me I look like a bass player
  7. MatticusMania

    MatticusMania LANA! HE REMEMBERS ME! Supporting Member

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    Im 6', 180lbs and Ive been told the same.
  8. CDuff

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    I've had this happen once or twice.
    I'm 5'8" and normal build with normally proportioned hands.
    I remember once, a group of us from work were talking about playing instruments and I mentioned that I used to be in a band. (I was new to the company) Before someone even finished asking "what did you play?" this girl just said emphatically "bass. definitely."
    I asked how she knew and she just said "It's obvious."
    Very mysterious.
  9. DiabolusInMusic

    DiabolusInMusic Functionless Art is Merely Tolerated Vandalism Supporting Member

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    Did you have a stupid hat? Lots of bass players wear stupid hats...

    Yes, a fedora is SUPER cool, but it isn't cool to wear it with blue jeans and a t-shirt.
  10. ArtechnikA

    ArtechnikA I endorsed a check once... Gold Supporting Member

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    On thing I always noticed about mariachi bands in the San Diego area is that the smallest guy invariably gets the acoustic bass. (I'm sure it has a proper Mexican Spanish name, which I do not know...)
  11. georgiagoodie

    georgiagoodie It's all fun&games 'til the flying monkees show up Supporting Member

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    This!
    Especially knit caps....
  12. Mystic Michael

    Mystic Michael Hip No Ties Supporting Member

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    I've gotten that comment from time to time. I have no idea of what that particular girl meant when she said it to you, but in my case I assume it's because I'm large of stature, and therefore physically built like a bassist: 6' 2" tall with a big frame, i.e. big shoulders, long arms & legs, etc. :meh:

    MM
  13. Twocan

    Twocan Supporting Member

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    So if I go home tonight and look in the mirror I should see a tall, strong, fat, bald man with a goatee, massive manly hands and a stupid hat on :rollno:
  14. Dash Rantic

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    I've been getting the comment that I "look like a bass player" for well before I even played bass. Not entirely sure why, but I do suspect it has something to do with being tall (I'm 6'4").

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  15. CDuff

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    This hat thing is totally new to me. Bassists wear hats?
  16. Mystic Michael

    Mystic Michael Hip No Ties Supporting Member

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    It's called a guitarrón.

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    MM
  17. DiabolusInMusic

    DiabolusInMusic Functionless Art is Merely Tolerated Vandalism Supporting Member

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    There is no way this is restricted to my scene.

    Everytime a group of people head to the stage and one of them is in a stupid hat... bassist. 10 times out of 10.

    It is less common in metal... because hats aren't metal...
  18. CDuff

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    well, someone agreed with you straight away so I'm obviously missing something. A geographical thing, maybe.
  19. Fair Warning

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    Check it out....dudes got a tuner on there. And those pics gave me an idea. I gotta get me some of those pants.
  20. Smallmouth_Bass

    Smallmouth_Bass Supporting Member

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    :D :)

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